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“The was—is—ever—shall—be of cosmic reproductivity” is part of an ongoing research on pastoralism and the political agency of non-human animals. The work follows a research on the strikes that shepherds from the Italian island of Sardinia carried out in 2019 to protest against the low prices paid by cheese factories for their sheep milk. The film, depicting the birth of a lamb on the island, reflects on topics of production and reproduction labour, placing them within the framework of agro-pastoral struggles against capitalist accumulation.
Cristina Lavosi (IT, 1993) is a research-based visual artist. Her practice is concerned with institutions of violence, power structures, and state-led imposition of norms of being and living. Trying to overcome human-centred narratives, her work also troubles the exclusion of non-human animals from the sphere of agency as political beings. Her films have been screened at international festivals such as Kinemastik in Malta and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. She is co-founder of First Cut, an artist-run initiative for experimental video art.
Super8 Reversal Lab, The Hague